Panasonic launches i-PRO SmartHD network disk recorder

DALLAS, TX (October 12, 2010) - Panasonic System Networks Company of America announces the i-PRO SmartHD Network Disk Recorder model WJ-NV200. The new NVR boasts embedded real time face matching technology eliminating the use and expense of external software. The unit connects and records up to 16 network cameras and provides a Real Time Face Matching function to match registered face images with a face displayed on a live camera feed. A face matching alarm notification can be sent by e-mail, Panasonic system alarm, terminal output, buzzer or indicator. The new network recorder, which complements Panasonic cameras that support face detection functions, is being previewed at ASIS 2010 and willl be available in November 2010.

"In addition to delivering outstanding recording performance, our new NVR has embedded real time face matching capability," said Bill Taylor, President, Panasonic System Networks Company of America. "In addition to providing more functionality that's easy to implement and operate, this NVR reaffirms Panasonic's commitment to provide system solutions that deliver lower total cost of ownership without compromise."

The new WJ-NV200 i-PRO SmartHD Network Disk Recorder uses H.264, MPEG-4 and JPEG formats and can simultaneously display live images of up to 16 cameras. The network disk recorder supports the full high definition (HD) output to display recorded and live images in high definition. Automatic camera detection ensures quick setup, and a simple setup wizard does not require use of a PC. Available recording days are calculated automatically based on frame rate, image quality and hard-disk capacity.

A new graphical user interface (GUI) provides simple mouse operation without using a PC. An intuitive search feature quickly reviews video based on a calendar and timeline. Flexible playback controls include "Go To Date" (jump to specific time/date) and "Go To Last" (jump to 30 seconds before the end of recording). Filtered searches can target time and date, event type, camera number or timeline. Camera controls include pan/tilt, zoom, focus, brightness, preset position and auto mode (depending on camera model).

Eco-friendly, automatic backlight control of Panasonic wide LCD monitors saves power consumption up to 30 to 60 percent during normal use. Audio from i-PRO network cameras can be recorded and played back. Scheduled or event (pre/post) recording modes are provided. Flexible alarm actions include alarm recording, e-mail notification, alarm message, camera positioning, terminal output, Panasonic alarm protocol output, buzzer and indicator.

Recorded images can be downloaded to a PC with downloadable viewer software. User authentication includes three user levels, and up to 16 user registrations can manage access to cameras. The WJ-NV200 will support Open Network Video Interface (ONVIF) in early 2011.

For more information, contact Panasonic by calling toll free 1-866-PAN-CCTV (1-866-726-2288) or visiting